Raptor Trail gets a boost from Longleaf

Carolina Raptor Center is pleased to announce that the Longleaf Fund, a grant program at Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC), has made a $50,000 grant to support Our Quest: The Campaign for Carolina Raptor Center.

“The Longleaf Fund’s commitment to building community and creating accessible, age appropriate learning environments is critical in our rapidly developing region,” said Executive Director Jim Warren. “We are excited that the Longleaf Fund has joined Our Quest to help elevate the Raptor Center as a national destination for accessible environmental education and outdoor physical activity.”

The grant will support the planning for and construction of the new Raptor Trail, a 0.8-mile trail system that will build community and increase opportunities for physical activity through age appropriate, accessible space for play, educational and recreational activities. A hands-on hiking adventure for guests of all ages and abilities, the Raptor Trail is a centerpiece of the Quest Adventure Center.

As the entry point to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, NC, the Quest Adventure Center promises to dramatically increase the number of visitors and provide one-of-a-kind experiences in environmental education and engagement. The Raptor Trail will be home to aviaries for more than 35 species of raptors and will encourage walking and engagement with the various interactive exhibits throughout the trail. New outreach programs will allow

the Raptor Center to engage visitors from all over the region, promoting learning and enhancing access to hands-on experiences and informal STEM learning opportunities in topics like conservation, biology, ecology and veterinary medicine.

About the Longleaf Fund The Longleaf Fund, a grant program at Foundation For The Carolinas, is an anonymous donor advised fund that focuses on the following three priority areas: projects that build community and increase daily physical activity, projects that promote learning, especially for at-risk youth, and projects that enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities. The Fund intends to strengthen the character and achievement of at-risk children and youth, while encouraging communities to reach higher and create opportunities for a brighter future.